Sunday, July 26, 2020
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Communicating cross-culturally to help create change
By John W. Coleman – Director of Communications for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church.
For church leaders to effectively communicate beyond their congregation and culture — that is, to reach a broader, dissimilar audience — they should try to forge a true, interpersonal connection with those persons they want to reach. But it would help to also do some homework.
Leading in Crisis: Setting next steps when your feet are weary July 15, 2020 11 a.m. CDT
Leading in Crisis: Keeping the mission alive Aug. 12, 2020 11 a.m. CDT
You can listen to a podcast of the recent Faith Talks on Dismantling Racism at https://www.spreaker.com/user/unitedmethodistwomen/dismantling-racism or on the UMW website at http://www.UnitedMethodistWomen.org/FaithTalks.
|Faith Talks: Dismantling Racism|
The videotaped killing of George Floyd has focused the world on the racism steeped into our nation’s founding and poisoning our institutions for too long. Enough. We must end racism now. We cannot burden another generation with this. Listen in on this Faith Talks conversation as we talk about the United Methodist Church’s Dismantling Racism: Pressing On to Freedom initiative. — Panelists: Bishop Cynthia Harvey, Louisiana Annual Conference, Erin M. Hawkins, General Commission on Religion, Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Board of Church and Society, Harriett Olson, CEO, United Methodist Women, and Sally Vonner, Transformation Officer, United Methodist Women.
Cabinet to lead Conference-wide prayer meetings
The Eastern PA Conference’s half-hour prayer meetings, held on Tuesdays at noon by video-chat on Zoom, will welcome a special cadre of prayer leaders in August and September. The conference Cabinet was invited to take the lead by the Rev. David Piltz, creator and host of the ministry, and they accepted.
Piltz, who also leads Young People’s Ministries for the conference, as well as being a campus minister at Drexel University and the new pastor of Valley Forge UMC, started the weekly prayer sessions in April, as the current Coronavirus pandemic was growing. Bishop Peggy Johnson is a frequent attendee, as well as other conference leaders and local church laity and pastors.
Now the bishop and her appointive Cabinet, and new Connectional Ministries Director the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, will become guest-hosts over the next two months. Piltz hopes their spiritual leadership in this forum will draw more participants from their districts and beyond, and also add new, diverse voices and styles of prayer to the overall experience. It may even lead to inviting more guest hosts in the future.
Here is the schedule of Cabinet Prayer Leaders:
Rev. Evelyn Kent Clark, South District Superintendent – Aug. 11
Rev. Bumkoo Chung, West District Superintendent – Aug. 18
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, East District Superintendent – Aug 25
Rev. Steve Morton, North District Superintendent – Sept. 1
Bishop Peggy Johnson – Sept. 8
Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, Director of Connectional Ministries – Sept. 15
Here is the Zoom access information:
Join at: https://epaumc.zoom.us/j/591129374?pwd=dElpMUdVd09VTTBoRDZxTm9zejVqdz09
Meeting ID: 591 129 374
Or Call in: +1 646 558 8656
Learn more: Online prayer groups seek healing despite social distancing
Bishop to attend District Conferences online in September
Because of ongoing large-gathering restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eastern PA Conference’s four District Conferences will meet not in person but online as video conferences, in mid-September. They will convene about a month before the rescheduled Annual Conference session, which will also be held on Zoom, with a reduced agenda, October 13-14. All conferences will use a Zoom webinar format, with voting and comments made by participants online. (Look for a new article on our website next week about changes in the 2020 Annual Conference session.)
The District Conferences will occur on separate days–not simultaneously as usual–allowing Bishop Peggy Johnson to visit each virtual gathering. She will explain necessary adjustments planned for Annual Conference and also discuss the denomination’s new Dismantling Racism initiative and the importance of Discipleship. The District Conference schedule is:
Each District Conference must vote for any needed replacement equalizing members for the 2020 Annual Conference. (Equalizing members for the next quadrennium will be voted on at next spring’s Annual Conference.) Districts will also vote on nominees for annual conference leadership, celebrate leadership transitions and thank churches that have paid 100% apportionments.
Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation
Calling All People of Color: Clergy & Lay
October 17, 2020, from 9 AM – 2 PM
Zoom Online Meeting
Facilitator: R. Dandridge Collins, Ph. D., M.Div.
Registration Fee: $15
Scholarships available. Contact:
Registration includes copy of Dr. Collins’s bestselling book, The Trauma Zone, and a copy of Romal Tune’s book, Love is an Inside Job.
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Wednesday night Prayer & Fellowship is in recess until further notice.
Wednesday afternoon Bible study is in recess until further notice.